OWL
OWL

Manufacturer

CURTISS

Markings:

22nd Observation Squadron, Brooks Field, Texas, ca. 1942

Designation:

O-52

Serial Number:

40-2746

CURTISS O-52 OWL

Developed in 1939, the Owl is the last heavy observation aircraft developed for the Army Air Force. The concept of the two-seat observation aircraft dates to World War I, but by 1941 the Army Air Force had determined that the Owl was no match for modern combat conditions. The aircraft's tactical observation role was given to light planes modified from civilian designs while its long range duties were taken by bombers and modified fighters. The 203 Owls built were quickly relegated to training and coastal patrol duties.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 40 ft 10 in
  • Length: 26 ft 5 in
  • Height: 9 ft 11 in
  • Weight: 5,364 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 215 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 23,200 ft
  • Range: 455 miles
  • Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney R-1340-51 radial with 600 horsepower
  • Crew: 2